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What Distinguishes a Pun from a Double-Embrasure?

Double entendre and pun both refer to several meanings. In actuality, the term “double entendre” comes from an old French idiom that means “double meaning.” Pun’s etymology is less certain, but it probably stems from the Italian puntiglio, which means “fine point, dispute.” A double entendre in English is a phrase with two meanings, one of which is typically shocking or risqué in its sexual suggestiveness. Puns typically involve absurd or humorous double meanings rather than anything explicit or vulgar.

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dou·​ble en·​ten·​dre | \ ˈdə-bəl-än-ˈtänd(-rə)  ˈdüb-ᵊl-äⁿ-ˈtäⁿd(rᵊ)  \
plural double entendres\ ˈdə-​bəl-​än-​ˈtänd(-​rə)  ˈdüb-​ᵊl-​äⁿ-​ˈtäⁿd(rᵊ)(z)  also  ˈdüb-​ᵊl-​äⁿ-​ˈtäⁿz ; ˈdə-​bəl-​än-​ˈtän-​drəz \

Definition of double entendre

1linguistics a word or expression capable of two interpretations with one usually risquéflirty talk full of double entendres
2literature ambiguity of meaning arising from language that lends itself to more than one interpretation

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